Paul C. McAfee, MD| Spine Surgery | MedStar Health

Paul C. McAfee, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: Spine Surgery

Languages: English

410-554-2917

About me

Paul McAfee, MD, MBA is an experienced fellowship trained, board-certified spine surgeon at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute.  He has been in practice for over 35 years and now sees patients in Timonium and at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. He holds a joint appointment in both orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. McAfee’s clinical interests are spinal reconstruction, adolescent scoliosis, and correcting spinal deformities and neurologic deficits through minimally invasive spine surgery. He is a proponent of patient education and believes that better informed patients get better results.

Dr. McAfee has been recognized as one of Baltimore’s Top Doctors and is among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 1% of spine experts worldwide for his expertise and contributions to the field of spine surgery. He is an industry pioneer who holds over 20 patents, invented a type of cervical disc replacement, and has performed more than 200 motion-preserving surgeries in 10 countries. In addition, Dr. McAfee board certifies other orthopaedic surgeons through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has held leadership positions and professorships at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and University of Maryland Medical System.

Dr. McAfee is a prolific researcher with more than 200 publications to his name and is the Cervical Spine Section Editor for the International Journal of Spine Surgery. He serves on the editorial board and as a peer reviewer for Spine, Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, The Spine Journal, and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Dr. McAfee is a member of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Revision
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Adolescent Scoliosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Bulging Disc
  • Burst Fracture
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Fracture
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Compression Fracture
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drop
  • Herniated Disc
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Juvenile Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Injury
  • Lumbar Spine Mass
  • Lumbar Spine Stress Fracture
  • Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Meningioma Of The Spine
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Injury
  • Nerve Compression Of The Cervical Spine
  • Nerve Compression Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Nerve Compression Of The Thoracic Spine
  • Neural Foraminal Stenosis
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Post Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Scheuermann's Disease
  • Schwannoma Neurilemmoma
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Injury
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Sports Related Cervical Spine Injury
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Sports Related Lumbar Spine Injury
  • Sports Related Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sports Related Spine Injury
  • Sports Related Thoracic Spine Injury
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Vertebral Fracture
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Procedures I perform

  • Anterior Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Lumbar Spine
  • Back Surgery
  • Biological Enhancement Of Spine Fusions
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Cervical Spine Revision
  • Cervical Spine Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Compression Fracture Surgery
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Direct Lateral Approach
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Endoscopic Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Endoscopic Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery
  • Facet Surgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgery Of The Cervical Spine
  • Microsurgery Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Microsurgery Of The Thoracic Spine
  • Microsurgical Laminoplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Multilevel Cervical Arthroplasty
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Navigation Spine Surgery
  • Occipito Cervical Fusion
  • Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy And Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Fusion, Without Instrumentation
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Instrumentation And Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Vertebral Column Resection
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Smith Petersen Osteotomy
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Spinal Tethering For Scoliosis
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Osteotomy
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Revision
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Surgery For Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Three Column Osteotomy
  • Transpsoas Approach
  • Transthoracic Discectomy
  • Tubular Discectomy
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Column Resection
  • Vertebral Stapling
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib
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Sparks, MD, 21152

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3333 North Calvert Street
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Baltimore, MD, 21218

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Graduate Education: Fordham University (2010)

Fellowship Program: University Hospitals of Cleveland (1984)

Residency Program: State Univ. of New York Upstate Medical Center (1983)

Internship Program: University of Virginia Hospitals (1979)

Medical School: State University of New York - Upstate (1978)

Hospital affiliations